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7 April 2021

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Racism exists! Unite to fight all inequality

Protesting in Cardiff  following the death of Mohamud Mohammed Hassan, photo by Cardiff SP

Protesting in Cardiff following the death of Mohamud Mohammed Hassan, photo by Cardiff SP   (Click to enlarge)

Isai Priya, Socialist Party national committee

The report by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities has concluded that claims of institutional racism are "not borne out" and that the UK should be seen as "a model for other white-majority countries".

The commission was set up by Boris Johnson last year following the Black Lives Matter mass movement. Predominantly young and working-class black and white people took to the streets, to demand justice for George Floyd and an end to racism and police brutality. On the protests, homemade placards declared that 'the UK is not innocent'

This is the seventh report in the last four years looking at racial inequality in Britain. However, this 264-page report with 24 recommendations is nothing short of an insult to black and Asian workers and young people in Britain. The report caused a flurry of responses criticising it. A day after the report was published, the Tories adviser on race, Samuel Kasumu resigned.

How can a government commission conclude that the UK should be seen as a model when black men are 4.2 times more likely to die from Covid-19, young black men are 19 times more likely to be stopped and searched by the police, black women are four times more likely to die in childbirth, black people are nine times more likely to be imprisoned and twice as likely to be unemployed? These are just a few of the statistics. The pandemic has stripped bare the race and class inequalities that exist within capitalism.

The appointment of Dr Tony Sewell as the commission's chairman is enough to question the motive behind this report. He is well-known for downplaying structural racism. Munira Mirza, the head of the Downing Street policy unit who oversaw the appointment of the commission panel, is a long-time and outspoken critic of government attempts to tackle structural racism.

In an interview about the report, Sewell says it's concerned with "getting working-class people, poor people, people who have got disadvantage towards opportunities", and that ethnic majorities are "doing better than the white majority". In 2010 he said: "Children are undermined by poor parenting... they fail GCSE because they did not do their homework, did not pay attention and were disrespectful to their teachers"

His language, like the language in the report, is divisive. It turns one section of the community against another and places the blame on individuals and their actions, rather than the capitalist system itself that doesn't provide opportunities for working-class and young people; that starves our schools and services of vital funding; that pushes working-class families into poverty and closes down youth centres, etc.

Parents are urged to be better parents, students to be better students, "more emphasis on the importance of individuals helping themselves to do better, rather than relying on others, or the state".

The report does recognise the influence of class. But it does so in such a way as to try and erase the experience of racism and divert attention from how both class inequality and racism are embedded in capitalist society.

Ending racism means all working-class people uniting together against the capitalist system. Capitalist governments across the globe are already preparing to make working-class and young people pay for the pandemic and economic crises. With its emphasis on individual responsibility, this report is yet another weapon in the hands of this Tory government and the rich minority who own the wealth in society to divide us and maintain their profits and their system.

We want to get rid of all the obstacles preventing working-class people of all backgrounds from improving their lives. It is the capitalist system, based on inequalities of wealth and power, that creates those obstacles.

That's why the Socialist Party is fighting for a socialist society where the huge wealth that exists is controlled by the working class in the interest of the majority. Such a society would unite the working class of all backgrounds, smash racism, and harness the skills and talents of everyone.

The Black and Asian group of the Socialist Party has produced a Black Workers' Charter to start a discussion about the demands needed to fight for the rights of black and Asian people, and what programme is needed to end racial discrimination.

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In The Socialist 7 April 2021:


News

Pay NHS staff 15%!

Racism exists! Unite to fight all inequality

Report condones vigil police violence - democratic community control a necessity

Low-paid workers shouldn't pay for Covid crisis

The system is broken... youth unite and fight back

Fighting Fund: An amazing 39,948 raised


Schools

Sexism in education: It shouldn't be like this!

Pimlico Academy protests: "Run by racists for profit"

Academy schools have become business ventures


Protests

Defiance continues against anti-protest bill

London: #BuhariMustGo protests are back


Local elections

Councillors have a choice - don't vote for cuts

Former Labour parliamentary candidate to stand for TUSC


Workplace news

NEU elections: Elect a socialist leadership to fight for national action and a united campaign

GMB general secretary election: A fighting, socialist leadership needed

Sparks take deskilling protests to Hinkley Point

Marley Tiles workers strike against bullying bosses

New British Gas deadline and strike dates

Bristol Water walkout


Childcare

Childcare in crisis: A socialist solution


Liverpool

Right-wing Labour and Tory commissioners out of Liverpool!


Brixton riots

1981 Brixton riots: Racism and poverty - the anger explodes


International news

Brazil: Bolsonaro regime plunges into a deeper crisis


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